(I must add a “TA-DA” in a 6 year old girl’s ecstatic voice.
Oh, and picture me throwing my hands over my head cheerleader-style too.
Yep, that is how happy I am with this necklace.)
I had so much to choose from in my bead soup package from my awesome partner Kelley Fogle that it was hard to know where to begin. To refresh your memory, here is what Kel sent me:
I was immediately taken by all of the sea and sand inspired colors. I jumped right into my soup and started making a multi-link hodge podge sort of necklace. I actually had to stop myself when I realized that I HAD to use the focal AND the clasp. That was the challenge. If I did a multi-link necklace (which will probably get finished BTW) I wouldn’t be able to use either. I had to force myself to stop what I was doing and re-focus. It was really hard to do that (I go a little ADHD around so many pretty beads) but I turned my attention to the brass ox focal and decided to run with that.
The first thing that I did with the brass focal (which is from B’Sues Boutiques) was to deal with the connectors. I knew I wanted to bring some strands in from the side, so I borrowed a punch from my good friend Cindy Wimmer (seriously, how would I bead without you?) and punched some holes in the back. Then I bent down the top and bottom connectors (glad I didn’t lop them off!) and set about putting the necklace together.
I decided to work with the 6mm faceted aquamarine that was in my soup. I like the greeny blue and the brown tones in the brass together. I added some 8mm stones from my stash, used some brass connectors that I have been dying to put to use and wrapped the whole thing up using 18g vintage bronze wire from Fusion Beads.
Next I moved onto the pearl and chain strand. I started out by using some bronze chain (from Beads 4 All) and the pearls that Kelley had sent me. The creamy pearls seemed to get lost with the brown and blue color palette so I added some brown pearls from my stash. Those worked perfectly and that strand came together rather quickly.
Now, what to do for a third strand? I originally thought I would string some seed beads (I had the perfect color mix in my stash) but once I got one strand done the scale seemed wrong. I eventually decided on a rosary strand (note that if you are Catholic, you need to remove the Pater beads to use these) from Yummy Treasures and the strands were complete.
I then started assembling the necklace again using the bronze chain and the wonderful brass clasp. Once the necklace was assembled I put it on and thought “hmmmmm……it’s missing something.” Seriously, there is so much going on with the piece but it really seemed to be lacking something. I decided to pry back down the bottom connector and add a few dangles. That seemed to do the trick. What do you think?
So now that you have seen what I made with my delicious bead soup, are you curious about my partner’s creation? Well, here is what I sent to her to play with (our soups couldn’t be more different, could they?):
Before I sign off, I want to thank Lori Anderson who has worked tirelessly on organizing this exchange and to my partner Kelley for her generosity and over-all awesomeness. Kelley has inspired me and been very supportive of my creating beautiful pieces with her soup. I have more to share on that later, but now, I must blog hop!
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